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  1. AFOLguy1970

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    At first, I was a bit saddened that Addams Family house did not make it as I really would like some type of Victorian house build even if it involves a haunted twist. I am also very hopeful for the Haunted Mansion in the next round. It may may have a decent chance due to the following: (1) No Addams Family house means no direct competition due to a similar theme and scope. I dont think that the Hidden Side series would be similar enough to cannibalize sales either (2) Similar to Sesame Street, the Magic Kingdom Haunted House is near its 50th anniversary. I am sure Lego and Disney are both aware of the timing and understand the benefit of releasing on an anniversary (looking at you Apollo 11). Also, the Magic Kingdom is the most visited park, therefore more people are likely to be familiar with the Orlando version. (3) There is obviously a lot of interest out there for a Haunted Mansion build, and it would not surprise me if it was already under consideration despite the Ideas set going into review (4) It would be difficult for the design to get shot down in review and then have Lego/Disney introduce it within a couple of years. There would be an outcry that the Ideas set was "stolen" . I think this is exactly why Steamboat Willie was approved. Really hoping the same thing happens with the Haunted Mansion
  2. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    This. PR looks great from all sides and has a lot of nice exterior detail on it. I am not worried about whether or not the next modular will be a restaurant, hotel, post office, etc. I just want it to look nice on the outside, because that is what I will be looking at 99.9% of the time. If $200 is the new norm, it must look good. It has been a while since raises have kept up with inflation at my workplace, therefore this set must deliver.
  3. AFOLguy1970

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    The only thing that would surprise me is if Haunted Mansion did not pass review AND Disney does not release one as a D2C. If they reject the Ideas submission, there could be a decent possibility that Lego will release the set in the Disneyland version. That would eliminate the suspicion that they are "stealing" the Ideas version. Needless to say, I would buy either version if it came out. If the mansion is not produced either way, that would be a missed opportunity by both Lego and Disney. If done right, I think its popularity would give even the castle a run for its money.
  4. AFOLguy1970

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Wow at that Haunted Mansion. I am able to fight back the temptation to save for the Disney train, but if this ever saw the light of day, I am in. If they tweak it and add some famous characteristics of the ride, it would be amazing. It needs the floating crystal ball, the clock that strikes 13, the books in the library need to have a function that pops them in and out, and in the ballroom, the pictures of the two duelers need to be up there. Hopefully, this gets Disney's attention. I would assume the fact that it made it to review means it is eligible despite the fact that a Disney themed set already became an Ideas set. Unless they really mess this up or give it a Millennium Falcon price, I will buy this thing.
  5. AFOLguy1970

    "Golden Age of Lego"

    For me, it was a few years ago when Lord of the Rings/Hobbit sets were out, Jamie was doing the modulars, the holidays were doing these great promotions like brick boxes, the monthly mini build was fun for the kids (all you had to do was show up on the designated day), and you could redeem VIP points in store on the spot. I would not say that it is presently terrible, but I can recall a better time. There are certain things I am a bit concerned about that resembles some unpopular Disney decisions. Price hikes seem to be frequent and are above inflation, at least where I live. The VIP program has not changed for the better. A lot of the promotions seem dumbed down, and the Brick Friday event in November is watered down as well from what it once was. Hopefully some of the quality issues have been corrected, especially with the reddish brown elements. Not to say there cannot again be a time as good as it was when I came out of my dark age, but there are some things to be desired.
  6. AFOLguy1970

    new VIP system

    Only thing I would recommend to you and anyone in this case is if you know exactly what you are going to use that voucher for, call the store to make sure they have the item(s) and ask them to hold them for you until you can get there. If you show up with the voucher and the items are out of stock, the voucher has a limited time to be redeemed. I think someone said Lego upped it to 60 days once they realized this situation was possible. That means you would have to return to the Lego store yet again or purchase other items if you could not go back within the time frame.
  7. AFOLguy1970

    new VIP system

    Getting vouchers in the mall on your phone could be an issue if the mall has spotty or even no Wifi. Definitely a much more difficult process than merely having them deduct points at the register. I was perusing through the reward opportunities the other day and noticed that for the bargain total of 100 points, you could enter a sweepstakes to win a trip to Legoland. Yeah, good luck with that
  8. It sounds like you like the attributes of The Diner more. The car can be hidden or used for something else, and the sign can easily be removed if you do not like those. Plus, the Diner is significantly less expensive.
  9. AFOLguy1970

    new VIP system

    I had the misfortune of having my sons with me on vacation when the switchover happened. My son had a spending budget of $20 when we found a Lego Store on our roadtrip. He had $15 in rewards before the switchover and silly me told him he effectively now had $35 to spend if he wanted to use the rewards. Of course he did and we brought $35 worth of stuff to the register. That is when we got the "surprise". First of all, their system was down, and they could not access any rewards balance. Then, I found out about the whole voucher thing, and I think my jaw hit the floor. We could not get Wifi in the mall, so I had to call my wife to create the $15 worth of vouchers and text them to me so they could scan the barcode. The fact that we cannot redeem points in the store without the added hassle is mind boggling to me. Almost in a New Coke or International House of Burgers kind of way.
  10. AFOLguy1970

    [PRESS RELEASE] 21318 LEGO® Ideas Tree House

    A bit out of my price range right now, but I like the concept of choosing your season in the build along with the nice details.
  11. AFOLguy1970

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Very interesting about the piano. Some might have simply voted for it for its display value, similar to the small piano that made it to review and did not pass. Then, there are those who probably voted for the functionality, but not necessary the sound. I think that in the submitted project, the keys actually work, yet they do not make a sound. Then, there are those who are hoping it is actually playable. If the latter possibility is in fact the case, I would be very interested. No doubt Lego is researching just what the expectations of the potential consumers are. You would not want to make something that is less than what many people expected and voted for(see The Flintstones), nor do you want to move to the other extreme and make something that costs 3x or 4x what people thought they were voting for (looking at you, Steamboat Willie). I think they are also trying to figure out if is really possible to have the keys produce a tone, which would be amazing. This will probably require specialized parts and some research, thus the extension for considering the piano.
  12. AFOLguy1970

    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    The summer lineup looks really good. My son is salivating at the Space sets, especially the space station one. He is saving money for the Disney world trip for the visit to the Disney Springs Lego Store. I like the townhouse, the rocket ride, and the 3-in-1 cabin. There will definitely be some tough choices to make in June.
  13. AFOLguy1970

    Ideas for second floor businesses for modulars

    In the spirit of the most current modular, how about: First level: Amsterdam style coffee shop Second level: Day Care center Third level: tattoo parlor
  14. AFOLguy1970

    LEGO Star Wars 2019 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    Another minor thing, certainly not a dealbreaker in any case, but where are the Death Star plans?
  15. AFOLguy1970

    LEGO Star Wars 2019 Set Discussion - READ FIRST POST!!!

    So this thing is not a UCS? I must need a pay raise or something, because if charging a UCS or modular price for a playset is the new norm, I am in danger of being priced out of this hobby. Stickers and play features such as the trans-red bolts suggest a collector might not be the target audience after all. I really want a Tantive IV, and might be willing to save $200, but expect a top notch set for that kind of money. I guess kid's allowance money has kept up with inflation after all.